ROANOKE, Va. – In recent days, we’ve been treated to temperatures in the 60s and sunshine. That changes, somewhat, for us Thursday. A system to our south is throwing some clouds our way, which will keep temperatures in the 50s Thursday. Any slight chance of rain Thursday would happen in the evening and in Southside. Otherwise, we’re dry.
As that system passes east, another one approaches from the west. We’ll start Friday out dry. By midday and especially during the afternoon, this “clipper” system will begin to produce some scattered snow bursts (squalls) in the higher elevations. Some spill over will happen into parts of the New River Valley, and it may start as a little bit of sleet. It may even rain briefly in parts of the Roanoke Valley, before seeing a burst or two of snow in areas like Catawba, Bradshaw, Cave Spring and Bent Mountain.
If there’s any accumulation, it would likely be on the grass and in higher elevations. We’ve simply been too warm. With this happening in the day and with the sun higher in the sky than in January, it will be a little more difficult for things to stick.
Some snow does continue, however, into the evening in parts of Grayson, Wythe, Bland, Highland, Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties.
This may in fact drop a light accumulation and lead to a few slick spots by Saturday morning. The main thing we’ll wake up to Saturday morning is the wind. It will be gusty at times Friday into Saturday morning, with peak gusts between 30 and 45 mph in the New River Valley, Highlands and Roanoke Valley.
It will feel like the teens first thing Saturday morning in the New River Valley and Highlands, and it will feel like the 20s elsewhere.
We’ll stay breezy and cool Saturday. By Sunday, we’re back to feeling like spring with high temperatures reaching the 60s. What a way to spring forward!